The graduation speech of Angad Singh Padda, a student at Berkeley College, University of California, is going viral for all the good reasons. Padda’s speech, with a message to unite the world, has so far received 1,34,000 views on YouTube. In his speech, Padda, an Indian-origin Sikh, talks about creating the world without borders. “That intense beat right there was everybody’s heartbeat right before we opened our admissions letters,” said Padda, who wore a bright yellow turban. “When I got in I was so happy my face was as bright as this turban.” He continues. “On a serious note, for this speech to work I need everybody’s help. For a couple of seconds, please, close your eyes, everybody. Think about that one problem that matters most to you, that one issue you really need to be resolved to make this world a better place. Now open your eyes. That right there is the core of my speech today,” Padda’s says as begins the core of his speech.
Padda speaks about the true incident of losing two of his best friends to drugs in his home state of Punjab. He adds that his plan was to come the US, become successful enough, and return home to fight the scourge of drug abuse. Padda goes on to reveal certain problems his classmates had shared with him. “Whenever there’s a kid in Oakland who can’t afford school, that’s a problem,” he said.
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“Whenever climate change wipes out a species, that’s a problem. Whenever a Muslim woman gets bullied because of her hijab, or a Jewish man because of his yarmulke, or a Sikh man because of his turban, that is a problem. When a father in Syria cries because he lost his entire family to a missile strike, that’s a problem,” Padda says.
Padda, making an emotional appeal, urges the 400 members of the Class of 2017 “to use our education to go beyond ourselves to make this world a better place. We want to unify this world. That’s the core spirit of every student right here. That is who we are.”